TAMPA — A health advisory has been issued for Ben T. Davis beach after water samples indicated higher-than-satisfactory levels of bacteria, officials said Friday morning.
The water will be re-sampled, and when the enterococci and fecal coliform levels are satisfactory, the Hillsborough County Health Department will lift the advisory. Until then, the amount of such bacteria "should be considered a potential risk to the bathing public," the advisory states.
The presence of such bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. Health officials occasionally issue such advisories when the levels of bacteria are higher than those recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency and Florida Department of Environmental Protection.